Clinic boss quits after patient in vegetative state gives birth

Leslie Hanson
January 11, 2019

Hacienda confirmed the warrant for DNA samples to the news station and added it will do "everything" it can to "bring this police investigation to a quick conclusion".

On Tuesday, officials with the San Carlos Apache Tribe say the woman at the center of the controversy is a 29-year-old who has been in a persistent vegetative state for over a decade, and is a patient at Hacienda Del Sol in Phoenix.

Chairman Terry Rambler said, "On behalf of the Tribe, I am deeply shocked and horrified at the treatment of one of our members".

"When you have a loved one committed to palliative care, when they are most vulnerable and dependent upon others, you trust their caretakers".

And so a few days after Christmas, her caretakers were flummoxed when she went into labour. "It is my hope that justice will be served".

Police are now investigating the case as a potential sexual assault with an anonymous source telling the outlet that staff at the facility did not know the woman was pregnant.

There is also "increased monitoring of the patient care areas, and increased security measures with respect to visitors at the facility". the health department said.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said he'd been briefed on the situation and called the "reports deeply troubling".

"We're not going to point out who we've obtained DNA from or who we intend to get DNA from", he said.

The woman's identity has not been reported, and it's not known if she has a family or a guardian.


The Arizona Department of Health Service and the Arizona Department of Economic security have also released statements and both organisations are conducting investigations into the incident and conditions at the facility.

He refused to say whether the hospital would subject its male staff members to DNA tests to help identify a suspect. "I haven't been able to sleep well at night because of what occurred here", a mother, Angela Gomez, told CBS.

He said: "Nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation, an unprecedented case that has devastated everyone involved, from the victim and her family to Hacienda staff at every level of our organisation".

"I can't think of a legitimate reason not to call it what it is", he said.

Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix, Arizona on a January 4, 2019. "And we will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of every single one of our patients and our employees".

The birth triggered a police investigation and reviews by state agencies.

The department of health ordered Hacienda to implement "heightened safety measures", spokeswoman Melissa Blasius-Nuanez said.

Founded as Hacienda de Los Angeles in 1967, Hacienda HealthCare describes itself on its website as "the leading provider of specialized medical care and social services for Arizona's infants, children and young adults who are medically fragile or chronically ill, including those with developmental disabilities".

Behind closed doors he was told about a non-verbal male in a bed at the facility with concerns female nurses were standing around his bed talking about his genitals.

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